noun, often attributive
war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər, ˈwȯr-ē-ər, ˈwär-ē- also ˈwär-yər\

Definition of warrior 

: a person engaged or experienced in warfare broadly : a person engaged in some struggle or conflict poverty warriors

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Examples of warrior in a Sentence

a proud and brave warrior a program of tough training and discipline that turns untried civilians into warriors

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Powerful women run Wakanda, from brilliant doctor-inventor Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) to Okoye (Danai Gurira), leader of a squad of all-female warriors who protect the country and hold their duties above everything (and everyone) else. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Sci Fi Movies of 2018 That Starred Women," 28 Nov. 2018 The program pairs incarcerated girls with shelter dogs, giving them the chance to rehabilitate and train the dogs to become service dogs for wounded warriors and individuals with autism, improving themselves and the community in the process. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "$39K in grants goes to helping women," 5 Apr. 2018 And right now each of these galactic sky warriors is available for over 65 percent off at just $50. Popular Mechanics, "These Drones Are a Must-Have for Any Star Wars Fan," 5 Dec. 2018 To begin this process, think of each planet’s specific function: Mercury is a messenger, Venus is a matchmaker, and Mars is a warrior. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 He's been a warrior through this and had missed some time earlier for two or three days. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Buster Posey Will Miss All-Star Game Due to Hip Injury," 9 July 2018 Remember, cosmic warrior, growth begins with self-awareness, so read on to know yourself better. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 Tsuruga castle, a modern replica of the 14th-century structure that was the last bastion of samurai warriors, appeared as a chalky smudge on a hill. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 Scott OstlerA’s are different kind of warriors: drawing fans against the odds The Giants are a different team with their MadBum in charge. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Bumgarner’s back, bringing new life to Giants," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of warrior

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warrior

Middle English werreour, from Anglo-French *werreier, guerreier, from warreier, guerreier to wage war, from werre war — more at war

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English Language Learners Definition of warrior

: a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill


war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər, ˈwȯr-ē-ər\

Kids Definition of warrior

: a person who is or has been in warfare

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